A CMD file is a script file containing a series of plain text commands that are executed to perform various tasks. It is used in the Windows operating system and similar to a BAT file which is also a set of executable commands. CMD files are used to automate repetitive tasks that require multiple steps such as backup copies of files, setting sleep time of the computer, etc.
CMD File History and Uses
The CMD file was introduced in the 1990s and was used widely in Microsoft Windows operating systems. CMD files are still in use in the latest Windows OS and can also be run by later versions of Windows. Scripts containing repetitive tasks are often created using CMD files. These files are executed to perform tasks like file conversions, generating backups, etc. CMD files are best suited for executing multiple commands in a sequence and automating specific system tasks.
How to Run CMD Files in Windows
In Windows, you can run CMD files in two ways:
- By double-clicking the CMD file.
- By running it from the command prompt, which is CMD.EXE.
Note that you cannot run CMD files in COMMAND.COM, as you can with BAT files, because you might end up running commands in the wrong environment.
A CMD file is a convenient way to automate repetitive tasks on your Windows computer. Over time, performing repeated tasks manually can be time-consuming and prone to errors. By automating them using CMD files, you can save time and minimize errors, allowing you to focus on more important aspects of your work.
1. How do I create a CMD file?
You can create a CMD file using a simple text editor like Notepad. Write the commands that need to be executed in the sequenced order they need to be executed, then save the file with a .cmd extension. The file is ready for use.
2. Can I edit a CMD file?
Yes, you can edit a CMD file. Simply open the file with a text editor, make the modifications you need, and save the file.